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AMD: a preventable form of vision loss

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) can be stopped or slowed if caught early enough. Regular eye exams are crucial.

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a common cause of vision loss in later life, damages the part of the eye (the macula) that provides clear central vision. Being aware of AMD's earliest symptoms and having regular eye exams may catch the disease in its early stages, allowing treatment in some cases and lifestyle modification in others.

"Regular exercise, quitting smoking, and eating a nutritious diet rich in green, leafy vegetables are good not only for your eyes, but for your overall health status," explains Dr. Jeffrey Heier, clinical instructor in ophthalmology at the Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary and director of the Retina Service at Ophthalmic Consultants of Boston.

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